New SQUAT World Record : Ray Williams Sir, That Was Colossal!


Sometimes humans achieve things we were never designed to achieve, things that defy perceived human potential (note I say ‘perceived’). Who’s to say what we can and can’t achieve as humans, only a few decades ago we were never expected to break the 10 second barrier over 100 metres, or run a sub- 3 minute mile…now look!

Ray Williams has raised the bar (literally) over and over again in powerlifting, he has managed to defy the laws of human physiological and mental capacity with his persistent powerlifting titles and mammoth lifts. With all that this beast of a man is, top of the list is immensely strong!

He definitely doesn’t skip leg day!

‘Don’t skip leg day’ isn’t something we can lay at a 6 feet tall, 361 pound squat champions doorstep, the guy is all about legs legs legs, you only have to look at the size of his trunks to know where his power comes from. It’s apparent that his power is raw too, considering at only his second ever powerlifting meet he went on to smash the American USAPL squat record. Having harnessed his raw strength and power, Williams now has 1000lbs in his sights, especially now that he has just demolished the overall raw squat world record!

World Record…DONE

Having regularly trained legs at 380kg for reps, yes… 380kg for 5 reps, it came as no surprise people that he managed 425.5kg (938lbs) for 1 rep in his World Record lift. This broke Don Reinhold’s record of 934lbs, and with the 1000lbs mark as his goal, I’m sure this will be broken again soon.

Oh, and the TOTAL record for good measure!

Not only did Williams break the world squat record, USA powerlifting also confirmed that he broke the total world record as well by delivering a 1000.5kg (2206lbs). This incredible feat involves a combination of the deadlift, squat and bench press, with the total numbers from each added together.

I for one will be eagerly anticipating his 1000lbs attempt on the squat, but will he pull it off? Well on current form I wouldn't bet against him!

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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